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Teen mothers and the revolving welfare door

Author: Kathleen Mullan Harris
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1997.
Series: Women in the political economy.
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Kathleen Mullan Harris reveals the relationship between black teenage mothers and the welfare system. Does welfare encourage them to maintain a life of dependency? How does education, marriage, and employment impact this relationship? How do these women escape dependency? Harris's account is based on Frank Furstenberg's Baltimore study, which began in the 1960s and has continued for more than 20 years. This study  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Mullan Harris
ISBN: 1566394996 9781566394994
OCLC Number: 35262447
Description: xv, 195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Adolescent Mothers and Poverty --
Ch. 2. Data and Methods --
Ch. 3. Patterns of Welfare Receipt --
Ch. 4. Welfare Entry --
Ch. 5. Routes of Welfare Exit --
Ch. 6. Welfare Return --
Ch. 7. Work and Welfare --
Ch. 8. Implications for Welfare Policy --
App. A. Reliability of Data --
App. B. Methods of Analysis.
Series Title: Women in the political economy.
Responsibility: Kathleen Mullan Harris ; foreword by Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr.

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Kathleen Mullan Harris reveals the relationship between black teenage mothers and the welfare system. Does welfare encourage them to maintain a life of dependency? How does education, marriage, and employment impact this relationship? How do these women escape dependency? Harris's account is based on Frank Furstenberg's Baltimore study, which began in the 1960s and has continued for more than 20 years. This study traces the paths of these mothers and provides commentary on the changes in the welfare system and the way society perceives welfare recipients. Not only are job prospects worse today but so are welfare benefits, and the abortion rate has risen drastically.

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